I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dirty For Me by Jackie Ashenden
Published by Kensington on July 26th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Erotica, General, Action & Adventure
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Ezekiel "Zee" Chase has a complicated past. Born into a family whose wealth grew from the seedy world of big-time crime, he ran away as a teenager and made a home for himself on the streets of Detroit. By day, the mechanic works at a local garage. But by night, he throws down with the best of them in Detroit's gritty underground fighting scene. With all those muscles, he's never had trouble with women--until he meets one who challenges him to the greatest fight of his life. . .
Tamara Eliot is a hardworking corporate high-flyer who appreciates the finer things in life, from her expensive perfume to her designer handbags. More than anything, though, she likes to be in control--and when Zee explodes into her life, she feels anything but. He's the definition of a bad boy: brash, fiery, and of course, irresistibly hot. And there's a darkness about him that keeps her coming back for more. As Zee takes Tamara deeper into a world she never knew existed, she just might prove to be the one opponent he won't be able to dominate--at least not without some pleasurable convincing .
I am trying to figure out how to review this one without it becoming a fan girl letter to Jackie…
This book sets up what should be a very intense set of stories about a group of close friends who made a family out of not so great circumstances. This first book is about Zee who is keeping a pretty big secret from his friends and is driven by a memory of what might have been. He’s convinced that he’s only good for a no-strings fling but finds himself oddly attracted to a woman who he feels is too good for him. I liked seeing him realize who he really was, what he really wanted and even better… that he wasn’t his father.
The woman who makes him wake up has spent the last few years being the perfect daughter. She’s taking atonement to a whole new level by suppressing her entire personality, dreams and self in order to make up something she shouldn’t have to for parents who don’t deserve her. She meets Zee when she accompanies a co-worker to a gym in a not so great side of town. Sparks fly between them that are undeniable but Tamara is determined to make her parents proud by working hard, marrying the man they picked and, in general, not allowing herself to be anything other than a rich princess. Zee is supposed to only be a fling that doesn’t mean anything during the last bit of freedom that she has.
What we get with the two of them is amazingly hot sex but a sense that these two can heal one another. They can push each other to fully embrace who they are without shame, without judgement and without the burdens of the past. They really will grab at you but …. I have a feeling as much as I enjoyed them…. The next two pairs will put their scorching story to shame with the small glimpses we saw in this one. I cannot wait for the next book and look forward to seeing how the rest of the gang find their happy endings… 😉